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SERIES : Stone Bestiary
TITLE : corbel no 28 - Kilpeck No 28-8
GENRE: Black & White Art Print
DATE: 09/09/2014 14:25:34
LOCATION : Kilpeck Herifordshire, England
Photographer : Paul E Williams

Norman Romanesque exterior corbel no 28 round from the south west corner, apse corbel A2 (similar style to No 44) - sculpture of a female exhibitionist known as a Sheela-na-gig. The sculpture shows a female with a huge round head and puny body with her hand holding open a grossly enlarged vulva. It seems unlikely that this image is of a pornographic nature because it is on a church, and is more likely a warning against the temptations of women. The Norman Romanesque Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, England. Built around 1140.

The small Church of St Mary and St David at Kilpeck in the English county of Herefordshire is one of the architectural gems of England. It has one of the finest collections of Romanesque Norman sculpture left in England. The church was built around 1140, and almost certainly before 1143 when it was given to the Abbey of Gloucester. The carvings in the local red sandstone are remarkable for their number and their fine state of preservation, particularly round the south door, the west window, and along a row of corbels which run right around the exterior of the church under the eaves. The carvings are all original and in their original positions. They have been attributed to a Herefordshire School of stonemasons, probably local but who may have been instructed by master masons recruited in France by Oliver de Merlimond.
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SERIES : Stone Bestiary<br />
TITLE : corbel no 28 -  Kilpeck No 28-8<br />
GENRE: Black & White Art Print<br />
DATE: 09/09/2014 14:25:34<br />
LOCATION : Kilpeck Herifordshire, England<br />
Photographer : Paul E Williams<br />
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Norman Romanesque exterior corbel no 28 round from the south west corner, apse corbel A2 (similar style to No 44) - sculpture of a female exhibitionist known as a Sheela-na-gig. The sculpture shows a female with a huge round head and puny body with her hand holding open a grossly enlarged vulva. It seems unlikely that this image is of a pornographic nature because it is on a church, and is more likely a warning against the temptations of women. The Norman Romanesque Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, England. Built around 1140.<br />
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The small  Church of St Mary and St David at Kilpeck in the English county of Herefordshire is one of the architectural gems of England. It has one of the finest collections of Romanesque Norman sculpture left in England. The church was built around 1140, and almost certainly before 1143 when it was given to the Abbey of Gloucester. The carvings in the local red sandstone are remarkable for their number and their fine state of preservation, particularly round the south door, the west window, and along a row of corbels which run right around the exterior of the church under the eaves. The carvings are all original and in their original positions. They have been attributed to a Herefordshire School of stonemasons, probably local but who may have been instructed by master masons recruited in France by Oliver de Merlimond.